Project Scope:

In 2006 construction of the 522,000 SF Penta Career Center began in Northwest Ohio. The new facility replaces the current school – a 1940’s-era United States Army Depot building that was in major disrepair.

IPS completed fabrication and installation of the hydronic piping mains from the maintenance building boiler room to the main building.  In addition, IPS installed the HVAC systems including a chilled water distribution system consisting of 30 buried ice storage tanks that hold 840 tons of ice, and 2 above-ground cooling towers designed to minimize energy consumption.  Construction of the heating system involved installation of 12 Fulton 2MBH boilers and (3) 800MBH boilers with a variable flow heating water distribution system.

The Building Automation System (BAS) controls all HVAC aspects of the complex, and is integrated to monitor electrical usage based on peak loading conditions.


With over 1100 pieces of equipment for the HVAC portion of the project, IPS knew that coordinating the deliveries, storage, and installation of equipment would be a priority. To manage this, IPS utilized their local warehouse for temporary storage and provided Just-In-Time delivery to the project site in order to maintain organization and avoid excessive crowding at the site.

$9.6mil. Total Construction
$9.7mil. Project Cost
522,000SF Facility Size
8/2008 Completion Date
30 Project Duration
Bid build Delivery Method

Project Scope:

IPS was contracted by BGSU for this Central Heat Plant to Shatzel Hall Tunnel Restoration project. This included the replacement of the deteriorated Heat Plant Tunnel tunnel top below Thurstin Street and tunnel vault wall, pipe anchoring, and top where the secondary backup steam line enters the tunnel as it turns to the east under the parking lot heading towards Shatzel Hall, replacement of several deteriorated pipe rack supports in various locations throughout the entire tunnel, removal and replacement of up to five tunnel top expansion joints, insulating the pumped and high pressure condensate lines, plus installation of new LED lights and tunnel ventilation kiosks, etc. The utilities were contained within the tunnel system. The high pressure steam and the condensate lines were active during the construction of the tunnel renovation. IPS protected the piping located under Thurstin Ave during the replacement of the tunnel top and the walls in this area when the tunnel top was removed. IPS secured this area from accidental entry with proper protection (i.e. fencing, barricades, and signage) for the duration of the tunnel top replacement.


IPS dealt with the water infiltration and uninsulated piping issues before making any repairs to the tunnel structures. IPS replaced the section of the Heating Plant Tunnel for the portion under Thurstin Street. This tunnel top replacement required the removal of the roadway surface and the subbase located over the tunnel. This work was planned to be done for half of the tunnel at time to limit the disruption to traffic flow and locations and waterproofing to prevent future water infiltration from occurring.

8/2018 Delivery Method
N/A Delivery Method
Bid Build Delivery Method
$938,800 Total Construction
$ 901,000 Project Cost
8/2018 Completion Date
N/A Project Duration
Bid Build Delivery Method

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